Discussion: The Foundations of Statistical Mechanics—Questions and Answers*

  title={Discussion: The Foundations of Statistical Mechanics—Questions and Answers*},
  author={Amit Hagar},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={468 - 478}
  • A. Hagar
  • Published 1 July 2005
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
Huw Price (1996, 2002, 2003) argues that causal‐dynamical theories that aim to explain thermodynamic asymmetry in time are misguided. He points out that in seeking a dynamical factor responsible for the general tendency of entropy to increase, these approaches fail to appreciate the true nature of the problem in the foundations of statistical mechanics (SM). I argue that it is Price who is guilty of misapprehension of the issue at stake. When properly understood, causal‐dynamical approaches in… 
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